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Gay

Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. The term was originally used to mean "carefree", "happy", or "bright and showy".

The term's use as a reference to homosexuality may date as early as the late 19th century, but its use gradually increased in the 20th century. In modern English, gay has come to be used as an adjective, and as a noun, referring to the people, especially to gay males, and the practices and cultures associated with homosexuality. By the end of the 20th century, the word gay was recommended by major LGBT groups and style guides to describe people attracted to members of the same sex.

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A little step forward in the progress of gay rights. I'm not sure how these states managed to keep these unconstitutional laws after "Lawrence v. Texas" (1995), but it seems like Alabama won't get to keep their own law.

Contributed by Luis Cotto-Quinones

In case anybody in the same situation ever feels down.

Contributed by Ben Sansiribhan

One of the slang definitions of "gay" is "stupid". What's interesting is that people were using "gay" to mean "stupid" before they were using it to mean "homosexual". However, the slang usage to mean "stupid" is still offensive to homosexuals and homosexual supporters and so should not be used.

Contributed by Keri Potter

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